1 Introduction to Preaching PMCM Dr. Mike Wetzel Cell Church NOBTS mission statement: The mission of NOBTS is to equip leaders to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandments through the local church and its ministries. Course description: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of sermon construction. As a basic course in homiletics, attention is given to understanding the biblical definition of preaching, the history of preaching, practical aspects of sermon preparation, various resources for sermon development, and learning how to plan for regular preaching opportunities based on challenges related to a contemporary preaching ministry. Course objectives: 1. To acquaint the student with general information about the nature and practice of preaching. 2. To give the student an understanding of the origins and development of preaching. 3. To show the student the relationship between communication theory and preaching. 4. To help the student develop an understanding of the connection between hermeneutics and homiletics and that connection s importance. 5. To acquaint the student with various resources available for sermon preparation and preaching. Course requirements: a. Each student will read and be familiar with the textbook: Steps to the Sermon. By H.C. Brown, Jr., H. Gordon Clinard, and Jesse J. Northcutt. Revised by Al Fasol. (ISBN ) b. Each student will prepare an introduction to the Epistle of I John. This paper will be 4-5 pages in length and should include a discussion of authorship, date of writing, persons addressed, place from which written, occasion for writing, aim(s), prominent teachings and a general outline. Five commentaries (minimum) should be used and at least two should be critical commentaries. c. Each student will read or listen to five sermons and present a critique of each sermon based on the steps to the sermon developed in class.
2 d. Either using the library or going on-line, locate a periodical devoted to preaching. Read an article from the periodical and write a one paragraph summary. Identify the author of the article, and summarize the article. e. Prepare five sermon briefs from I John. The brief should include a text, title, introduction, outline, and conclusion. f. Class work will include team projects of preparing sermons on the entire book of I John, outlining the text book, and presentations of sermon briefs. Course outline: I. Definition of preaching; history of preaching, prominent preachers of the past a. development of the form b. examples c. five great centuries of preaching d. biblical basis of preaching II. Classification of sermons III. The development of the sermon idea a. probing question, textual summary, and sermon objective b. unifying words; construction c. major divisions d. content IV. Finishing the sermon idea a. introduction b. conclusion c. transition d. title V. Style and imagination VI. Related matters a. delivery b. planned preaching c. variety in preaching
3 Selective Bibliography Achtemier, Elizabeth. Creative Preaching: Finding the Words. Nashville: Abingdon Press, Adam, Peter. Speaking God s Words: A Practical Theology of Expository Preaching. Downers Grove, Il: InterVarsity Press, Adams, Jay E. Preaching with Purpose: the Urgent Task of Homiletics. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, Allen, Ronald J., ed. Patterns of Preaching: A Sermon Sampler. St. Louis: Chalice Press, Baehr, Theodore. Getting the Word Out: How to Communicate the Gospel in Today s World. San Francisco: Harper & Row Publishers, Bailey, E.K., and Warren W. Wiersbe. Preaching in Black and White: What We Can Learn from Each Other. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, Bailey, Raymond, ed. Hermeneutics for Preaching. Nashville, Broadman Press, Jesus the Preacher. Nashville: Broadman Press, Paul the Preacher. Nashville: Broadman Press, Bartlett, David L. Between the Bible and the Church: New Methods for Biblical Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon Press, Bradford, Charles L. Preaching to the Times. Washington, D.C.: Review & Herald Publishing Association, Broadus, John A. On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons. Nashville: Broadman Press, Brown, H.C. Jr., H. Gordon Clinard, Jesse J. Northcutt, and Al Fasol. Steps to the Sermon: An Eight-Step Plan For Preaching With Confidence. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publisher, Brueggemann, Walter. (Charles L. Campbell, ed.) The Threat of Life: Sermons on Pain, Power, and Weakness. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, Bryson, Harold T. Expository Preaching: The Art of Preaching Through a Bible Book.
4 Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, Bugg, Charles B. Preaching from the Inside Out. Nashville: Broadman Press, Burke, John. ed. A New Look at Preaching. Wilmington, Delaware: Michael Glazier, Inc., Buttrick, David. Homiletic. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, Capon, Robert Farrar. The Foolishness of Preaching: Proclaiming the Gospel Against the Wisdom of the World. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdman s Publishing Co., Chapell, Bryan. Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, Claypool, John R. The Preaching Event. 2nd ed. San Francisco: Harper & Row Publishers, Collins, Raymond F. Preaching the Epistles. New York: Paulist Press, Cox, James W., ed. Biblical Preaching: An Expositor s Treasury. Westminster Press, Preaching: A Comprehensive Approach to the Design and Delivery of Sermons. San Francisco: Harper & Row Publishers, Craddock, Fred B. As One without Authority: Essays on Inductive Preaching. Enid, Oklahoma: Phillips University Press, Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon Press, Crenshaw, James L. Trembling at the Threshold of a Biblical Text. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdman s Publishing Co., Crum, Milton, Jr. Manual on Preaching. Valley Forge, Pennsylvania: Judson Press, Daane, James. Preaching with Confidence: A Theological Essay on the Power of the Pulpit. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdman s Publishing Co., Davis, H. Grady. Design for Preaching. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, De Brand, Roy E. Guide to Biographical Preaching: How to Preach on Bible Characters. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1988.
5 Decker, Bert, and Hershael W. York. Preaching with Bold Assurance: A solid and Enduring Approach to Engaging Exposition. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, Demaray, Donald E. An Introduction to Homiletics. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, Duduit, Michael, ed. Communicate with Power: Insights from America s Top Communicators. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, Dykstra, Robert C. Discovering a Sermon: Personal Pastoral Preaching. St. Louis, Missouri: Chalice Press, Elliott, Mark Barger, Creative Styles of Preaching. Louisville, Kentucky: John Knox Press, Erickson, Millard J., and James L. Heflin. Old Wine in New Wineskins: Doctrinal Preaching in a Changing World. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, Eslinger, Richard L. Narrative and Imagination: Preaching the Word that Shaped Us. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress Press, Eslinger, Richard L. Pitfalls in Preaching. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Fant, Clyde E. Preaching for Today. Rev. ed. San Francisco: Harper & Row Publishers, Farmer, H. H. The Servant of the Word. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, Fasol, Al. A Complete Guide to Sermon Delivery. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, Essentials for Biblical Preaching: An Introduction to Basic Sermon Preparation. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, Gali, Mark, and Craig Larson. Preaching that Connects: Using the Techniques of Journalists to Add Impact to Your Sermons. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, Grant, Reg, and John Reed. Telling Stories to Touch the Heart: How to Use Stories to Communicate God s Truth. Wheaton, Illinois: Victor Books, The Power Sermon: Countdown to Quality Messages for Maximum
6 Impact. Grand Rapids: Baker Books House, Graves, Mike. The Sermon as Symphony: Preaching the Literary Forms of the New Testament. Valley Forge, Pa.: Judson Press, What s the Matter with Preaching Today? Louisville: John Knox Press, 2004 Green, Joel B., and Michael Pasquarello III. Narrative Reading, Narrative Preaching. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, Greidanus, Sidney. The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text: Interpreting and Preaching Biblical Literature. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Method. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Gross, Nancy Lammers, If You Cannot Preach Like Paul. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans Publishing Co Gushee, David P., and Robert H. Long. A Bolder Pulpit: Reclaiming the Moral Dimension of Preaching. Valley Forge, Pennsylvania: Judson Press, Hamilton, Donald L. Homiletical Handbook. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, Henderson, David W. Culture Shift: Communicating God s Truth to our Changing World. Grand Rapids: Bake Books, Hoefler, Richard C. Creative Preaching and Oral Writing. Lima, Ohio: C.S.S. Publishing Co., Holmes, C. Raymond. The Last Word. Berrien Springs, Michigan: Andrews University Press, Hostetler, Michael J. Illustrating the Sermon. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, Howard, J. Grant. Creativity in Preaching. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, Hybels, Bill, Stuart Briscoe, and Haddon Robinson. Mastering Contemporary Preaching. Portland, Oregon: Multnomah, 1989.
7 Jacobsen, David S. Preaching in the New Creation: The Promise of New Testament Apocalyptic Texts. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, Jensen, Richard A. Thinking in Story: Preaching in a Post-Literate Age. Lima, Ohio: CSS Publishing Co., 1993 (Reprinted in 1995). Johnston, Graham. Preaching to a Postmodern World: A Guide to Reaching Twenty-First Century Listeners. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, Jones, Ilion T. Principles and Practice of Preaching. New York: Abingdon Press, Killinger, John. Fundamentals of Preaching. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, Koller, Charles W. Expository Preaching without Notes. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, Larsen, David L. The Anatomy of Preaching: Identifying the Issues in Preaching Today. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, Lewis, Ralph L., and Gregg Lewis. Inductive Preaching: Helping People Listen. Westchester, Illinois: Crossway Books, Lischer, Richard. Theories of Preaching: Selected Readings in the Homiletical Tradition. Durham, North Carolina: Labyrinth Press, Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn. Preaching and Preachers. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, Logan, Samuel T., Jr., ed. The Preacher and Preaching: Reviving the Art in the Twentieth Century. Phillipsburg, N.J.: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., Long, Thomas G. Preaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, The Witness of Preaching. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, Loscalzo, Craig A. Apologetic Preaching: Proclaiming Christ to a Postmodern World. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, Evangelistic Preaching That Connects: Guidance in Shaping Fresh & Appealing Sermons. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, Lowry, Eugene L. The Homiletical Plot: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form. Louisville:
8 Westminster/John Knox Press, How to Preach a Parable: Designs for Narrative Sermons. Nashville: Abingdon Press, The Sermon: Dancing the Edge of Mystery. Nashville: Abingdon Press, MacArthur, John, Jr. Rediscovering Expository Preaching: Balancing the Science and Art of Biblical Exposition. Dallas: Word Publishing, Macleod, Donald. The Problem of Preaching. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, Massey, James E. Designing the Sermon: Order and Movement in Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon Press, Mathewson, Steven D. The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, Mawhinney, Bruce. Preaching with Freshness. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, McKim, Donald K. The Bible in Theology and Preaching: How Preachers Use Scripture. Rev. ed. Nashvillle: Abingdon Press, McClure, John S., ed. Best Advice for Preaching. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1998 McDill, Wayne. The 12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, The Moment of Truth: A Guide to Effective Sermon Delivery. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, Meyers, Robin R. With Ears to Hear: Preaching as Self-Persuasion. Cleveland, Ohio: the Pilgram Press, Miller, Calvin. The Empowered Communicator: The 7 Keys to Unlocking an Audience. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, Marketplace Preaching: How to Return the Sermon to Where It Belongs. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, The Sermon Maker: Tales of a Transformed Preacher. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishers, 2003.
9 Miller, Mark. Experiential Storytelling: (Re)Discovering Narrative to Communicate God s Message. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, Mitchell, Henry H. Black Preaching: The Recovery of a Powerful Art. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1991 Mulder, David P. Narrative Preaching: Stories From the Pulpit, Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, Celebration & Experience in Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon Press,. Perry, Lloyd M. Biblical Preaching for Today s World. Chicago: Moody Press, Biblical Sermon Guide. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, A Manual for Biblical Preaching. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, Pitt-Watson, Ian. A Primer for Preachers. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, Quicke, Michael J. 360 Degree Preaching: Hearing, Speaking and Living the Word. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, Richards, H.M.S. Feed My Sheep. Washington, D.C.: Review & Herald Publishing Association, Rueter, Alvin C. Making Good Preaching Better: A Step-by-Step Guide to Scripture- Based, People-Centered Preaching. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, Robinson, Haddon H. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, ed. Biblical Sermons: How Twelve Preachers Apply the Principles of Biblical Preaching. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, Making a Difference in Preaching. (ed. Scott M. Gibson) Grand Rapids: Baker Books, Robinson, Wayne Bradley ed. Journeys Toward Narrative Preaching. New York, New York: The Pilgrim Press, Rowell, Ed. Preaching With Spiritual Passion: How to Stay Fresh in Your Calling. Minneapolis Minnesota: Bethany House Publishers, 1998.
10 Salmon, Bruce C. Storytelling in Preaching: A Guide to the Theory and Practice. Nashville, Broadman Press, Shephard, William H., Jr. No Deed Greater Than a Word: A New Approach to Biblical Preaching. Limo, Ohio: CSS Publishing Co., Simmons, Martha J., ed. Preaching on the Brink: The Future of Homiletics. Nashville: Abingdon Press, Sleeth, Ronald E. God s Word and Our Words: Basic Homiletics. Atlanta: John Knox Press, Spain, Robert H. Getting Ready to Preach. Nashville: Abingdon, Stewart, James S. Heralds of God. New York: Charles Scribner s Sons, Stortz, Rodney, Daniel: The Triumph of God s Kingdom. Wheaton Illinois: Crossway, Sweazey, George E. Preaching the Good News. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, Inc., Thompson, James W. Preaching Like Paul. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001 Towner, W. Sibley, Interpretation: Daniel. Atlanta, Georgia: John Knox Press, 1984, Troeger, Thomas H. Imagining A Sermon. Nashville: Abingdon, Van Harn, Roger E. Pew Rights: For People Who Listen to Sermons. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdermans Publihsing Company, Vitrano, Stephen P. So You re Not a Preacher. Washington, D.C.: Review & Herald Publishing Association, Wardlaw, Don M., ed. Preaching Biblically: Creating Sermons in the Shape of Scripture. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, Webb, Joseph M. Comedy and Preaching. St. Louis: Chalice Press, Preaching without Notes. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2001 Wells, C. Richard, and A. Boyd Luter. Inspired Preaching: A Survey of Preaching Found in the New Testament. Nashville Tennessee: Broadman Press, 2002.
11 Willimon, William H. Preaching and Leading Worship. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, , and Richard Lischer. Concise Encyclopedia of Preaching. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, Wilson-Kastner, Patricia. Imagery for Preaching. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, Wilson, Paul S. A Concise History of Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon Press, The Practice of Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon Press, The Four Pages of the Sermon: A Guide to Biblical Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon Press, Wells, C. Richard, and A. Boyd Luter. Inspired Preaching. Nashville Tennessee: Broadman Press, 2002.